Build it higher, and they will come. The Bayside Village BID just received $20,000 to explore converting a municipal parking lot on the corner of 41st Avenue and 214th Place into a multilevel parking structure. A feasibility study, supported by city funds obtained by Council Member Paul A. Vallone, will identify issues, estimate expansion costs, examine local financial impact, analyze the supply and demand for spaces, and determine possible mixed-use options. The revamp would ease congestion mostly for Long Island Railroad commuters, Bayside businesses, and Northeast Queens residents. It would be a multi-year undertaking that would include public meetings with civic groups, advocacy groups, and Community Board 11.
“Nestled in the heart of my district, the Bayside Village BID on Bell Boulevard is a vibrant area filled with small businesses that serve my constituents. It is no secret that the popularity of this commercial hub makes parking difficult for those commuting via the Long Island Railroad and customers frequenting stores,” stated Council Member Vallone. “Potentially expanding the municipal parking lot on 41st Avenue could greatly alleviate parking concerns and ensure continued success for the businesses that call Bell Boulevard home. This study is a step in that direction.”